TRURO - It's not the ideal situation, but it doesn't mean the Truro Bearcats are about to panic just yet.
"Not at all," assured Bearcats captain Travis Moore, on the eve of Game 3 in his team's Maritime Junior Hockey League EastLink Division semifinal series. "It's a long series and it takes four games to win, and right now they only have two wins, so no one's panicking just yet. We're trying to keep a level head and we're looking forward to tomorrow night's game and hopefully coming out on top."
The Bearcats trail the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 2-0 in the best-of-seven affair and desperately need a victory on home ice tonight (Community Credit Union Arena, 7 p.m.)
"It's never a must win until it comes down to it, but tomorrow is basically one of those games that we've gotta win," said Moore. "It's a real turning point for the series, I think."
The Bearcats enter the game after a 4-3 loss to the Crushers in Game 2 in New Glasgow in Tuesday. Pictou County won the opener 3-1 last Saturday in Truro.
The game plan tonight, says Moore, is pretty basic.
"Just keep it simple and not overthink things too much. Just go out and play the game and have fun."
After struggling in the opener, the Bearcats were better in Game 2, but ran into a hot goaltender in Brandon Thibeau.
"He bailed them out pretty well, but I just think we have to keep pounding the net and getting traffic and make our opportunities count," Moore said.
Game 4 in the series will be played on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, beginning at 7 p.m.